Everyone’s a winner at Highland Lakes A&M Club golf fundraiser

Ray Duvall (right) of Hill Country Golf Carts presents the keys of a new golf cart to Bill Richardson after the 2014 Highland Lakes A&M Club golf tournament March 22 at Slick Rock Golf Course in Horseshoe Bay. Richardson won the golf cart by sinking a hole-in-one on a particular hole during the tournament. The event raises funds for the club's scholarship program. Courtesy photo

DANIEL CLIFTON • PICAYUNE EDITOR

HORSESHOE BAY — A one-year break from the previous tournament didn’t seem to put a damper on the excitement surrounding the 2014 Highland Lakes A&M Club Tournament at Slick Rock Golf Course on March 22.

“We had a full field and a great turnout,” said Don Liedtke, the tournament director and organizer. “Everybody seemed to have a great time.”

The tournament raises money for the club’s scholarship program, which helps local high school students attend Texas A&M University.

About 88 golfers competed in the four-person scramble.

“It was a great tournament, and we had a pretty exciting event during it,” said Mike Linam, the Highland Lakes A&M Club president. “Bill Richardson, he got a hole-in-one. But not only was it a hole-in-one, it was on the ‘money hole.'”

Richardson’s shot earned him a new golf cart courtesy of Hill Country Golf Carts. In his 50 years of playing the links, this was Richardson’s first hole-in-one, and it turned out to be a big one. He did tell other golfers he planned on giving the cart to his grandson Travis Brunson, who was a member of the same four-person team.

Organizers set up the tournament in flights. Liedtke explained that this allowed golfers of similar skills and abilities to compete against those on their level. Each flight had a winning team.

“I think the golfers really liked using the flights because that allowed them to compete against others on their skill level,” Liedtke said. “So everybody had a chance to win.”

Even those in last place went home with a prize: golf lessons.

“Everybody got a laugh out of that,” Liedtke added.

The club hosted golf tournaments in 2011 and 2012 but not in 2013. Liedtke said the club board would look at whether to host the tournament annually or every other year. He didn’t think there would be a problem drumming up interest in the event based on responses from this year’s event, even from Hill Country Golf Carts.

“They said it was one of the best tournaments they had ever been a part of,” Liedtke said.

Go to www.highlandlakesaggies.com for more information on getting involved in the organization or the upcoming Muster on April 21.

daniel@thepicayune.com